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Crispy Pork Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Cucumbers

Crispy Pork Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Cucumbers

Pork belly’s back! Ask your butcher for a square piece: It’ll make for even slices and a good fat-to-meat ratio.


  • 1 12-ounce piece skin-on pork belly (about 4x3½x1¼ inches)
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, divided
  • 2 Persian or kirby cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • ½ red chile (such as Fresno or jalapeño), thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
  • 1 small head of lettuce (such as Little Gem or romaine hearts), torn

Ingredient Info

  • Gochujang, a mixture of miso and hot chiles, is available at Korean markets and online.

Recipe Preparation

  • Diagonally score fat side of pork belly, cutting through fat but stopping at flesh and spacing about ¼" apart. Season pork with salt and pepper and sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. brown sugar. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and let sit at least 2 hours, or chill up to 2 days.

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Unwrap pork and place in the smallest baking dish you can. Add chiles de árbol, star anise, soy sauce, remaining 1 Tbsp. brown sugar, and 1¼ cups water. Roast until most of fat has rendered, meat is tender, and top is browned and crisp, 2–2½ hours.

  • Meanwhile, toss cucumbers, scallions, red chile, and vinegar in a small bowl to combine. Mix gochujang and miso in another small bowl.

  • Transfer pork to a cutting board; let rest 10 minutes. Pour off pan juices into a measuring glass. Skim fat from surface.

  • Slice pork into ½" slices, transfer to a platter, and pour pan juices over. Serve with lettuce for wrapping and cucumber salad, mint, kimchi (if using), and gochujang-miso mixture for topping.

  • Do Ahead: Pork can be cooked 2 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill. Reheat before serving.

Nutritional Content

Calories (kcal) 1140 Fat (g) 92 Saturated Fat (g) 33 Cholesterol (mg) 120 Carbohydrates (g) 52 Dietary Fiber (g) 10 Total Sugars (g) 31 Protein (g) 29 Sodium (mg) 2620Reviews Section

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